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Why Not Genetically Engineered Organic Foods?

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Washington Examiner
Sunday, June 3, 2018

USDA’s arbitrary rules about what is permitted for the “organic” designation prohibit important advances in agriculture and food production, and they unnecessarily restrict consumer choice. That could be remedied by expanding what is permitted under the federal National Organic Standards, and this would be an opportune time.

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Perspective: FDA Overreach On Genetically Engineered Animals

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Issues in Science and Technology
Friday, June 1, 2018
The oft-quoted quip "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" anticipated the practice of federal agencies expanding their mandate by shoehorning policy initiatives into regulatory regimes for which they were never intended.
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Trump's New Prescription Drug Plan Is Incomplete -- Here Are Two Ways To Make It Better

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Fox News
Monday, May 14, 2018

On Friday President Trump in the White House Rose Garden briefly outlined the four key aspirational strategies of his "blueprint to lower drug prices": "improved competition, better negotiation, incentives for lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs."

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To Solve Drug Prices, We Need More Competition, Not More Government Meddling

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Washington Examiner
Friday, May 11, 2018
President Trump has often criticized what he considers to be excessively high drug prices, castigating drug companies and accusing them of “getting away with murder.” He was scheduled to give a major speech on April 26 about initiatives intended to lower prescription drug prices, but it has been postponed until today.
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Viewpoint: How Politics Pollutes The FDA's Genetically Modified Animal Regulations And Stifles Innovation

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Genetic Literacy Project
Friday, March 30, 2018

Dogs bark, cows moo, and regulators regulate,” former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Frank Young once quipped to explain regulatory agencies’ expansionist tendencies. There may be no better example than the FDA’s oversight of genetically engineered animals.

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How The FDA Virtually Destroyed An Entire Sector Of Biotechnology

by John Cohrssen, Henry I. Millervia Regulation (Cato Institute)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dogs bark, cows moo, and regulators regulate,” former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Frank Young once quipped to explain regulatory agencies’ expansionist tendencies. There may be no better example than the FDA’s oversight of genetically engineered animals.

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Solve US Drug Shortages With Imported Medicine That Measures Up To FDA Standards

by John Cohrssen, Henry I. Millervia The Hill
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Occasionally we encounter a simple tweak in public policy that would be a win-win -— if it weren’t for politicians, bureaucrats and stakeholders zealously guarding their self-interest. An example is a reform that would both help combat shortages of critical drugs and put downward pressure on prices: reciprocity of drug approvals between FDA and certain foreign counterparts.

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Current FDA Approach To Genetically Engineered Animals Is Flawed

by John Cohrssen, Henry I. Millervia The Hill
Monday, November 6, 2017

Contrary to Article I of the U.S. Constitution, which vests all legislative power in the Congress, federal agencies can expand their jurisdiction by forcefully pushing policy initiatives into regulatory regimes for which they were never intended.

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Dysfunctional Federal Regulation Has Worsened The Post-Hurricane Mosquito Threat

by John Cohrssen, Henry I. Millervia The Hill
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In the aftermath of the devastation of buildings and infrastructure and the toxic marinade of floodwaters by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Mother Nature is literally hatching another hazard: disease-carrying mosquitoes that will find new breeding grounds in the innumerable pools of standing water from torrential rains and storm surges.

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FDA Is The Wrong Agency To Regulate Genetically Engineered Animals

by John Cohrssen, Henry I. Millervia Nature
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

As individuals who spent years in US government positions (H.I.M. is a former special assistant to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner and founding director of the FDA's Office of Biotechnology; J.J.C. is former counsel to both the White House Biotechnology Working Group and the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as former Senior Associate of the President's Advisory Council on Executive Organization), we know how important 'location, location, location' is for regulatory jurisdiction.

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